New Conservative parliamentary candidate to be selected

March 8, 2015 · Posted in General · Comment 

Following Francis Maude’s announcement that he will not be seeking re-election as MP for Horsham the Horsham Conservative Association had begun the selection process for the next conservative candidate. The association operates a democratic selection process which will culminate with a meeting of all Horsham party members on 12th March 2015.

Council Tax

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

We have upheld our promise not to raise Council Tax in spite of losing considerable Government grants. There have been enormous changes within the structure of Horsham District Council, lead by your Conservative Councillors. A close watch is kept on all expenditure within the Council, resulting in a continuation of our Gold Awarded refuse scheme and many other benefits that many Councils have had to forego in this time of economic stress.

Council Tax has been frozen again this year and we will not increase it above inflation during the next 4 year council term.

As you can see below we have the lowest council tax and green waste charges in West Sussex. You will note that our combined green waste and council tax charge is 2/3 of the average of the other 6 district councils. Even when parish precepts are added our combined council tax plus parish precept is the lowest in the district.

We have not increased our council tax since 2009/10 i.e. it has been frozen for 5 years. Out of the 211 district councils in England Horsham has the 31st lowest council tax.

Band D District Council Tax Green waste charge
Adur £259.20 £60.00
Arun £161.37 £75.60
Chichester £140.81 £47.60
Crawley £187.83 £48.00
Horsham £135.54 £29.00
Mid Sussex £149.58 £60.00
Worthing £216.00 £60.00

Derelict Sites

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Housing & Planning · Comment 

Two areas within the Roffey South ward resemble bombsites. Your local councillors have consistently applied robust pressure to convince the land owners to re-develop them. It is always our aim to have unsightly and derelict land utilised for new homes, especially affordable homes, for first time buyers.

Adopt a Street

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Environment, Waste & Recycling · Comment 

The council’s Adopt a Street initiative was officially launched on March 2. HDC want as many residents as possible to sign up to be voluntary litter pickers and to help keep the area near where they live clean and tidy. This will supplement the great work, which the Council already does. Volunteers will be supplied with gloves, a litter pick, high-vis waistcoat. Anyone interested can sign up on line (horsham.gov.uk) or contact Karen Grisley on 739387.

Roads

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Roads & Transport · Comment 

The recent road re-surfacing programme and street light upgrades are a very welcome sight. Simon and Roy have been applying pressure on West Sussex County Council to accept their responsibility, the same applies to on street vehicle parking in some parts of Roffey, however, the process is slow. Hopefully we will not see the same pothole problems we had last winter but please let us know if you see any.

Guinness Trust Housing

March 8, 2015 · Posted in Housing & Planning · Comment 

At long last the Guinness Trust development at the heart of Roffey (opposite the Millennium Hall) is nearly complete. Roy and Simon have been working keep the pressure on the developers, to see this long standing eyesore of derelict housing torn down and new houses built. It will provide some much need affordable housing and lift the whole feel of the area.